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 Sylvia Mac

Sylvia Mac

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Sylvia Mac is an Associate Professor of Education and Director of the Center for Learning Innovation at the University of La Verne. She earned her Ph.D. in Education (Social Foundations) at Oklahoma State University, in addition to a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Disability Studies from Syracuse University. Her research examines how educational processes can promote a more equitable and inclusive educational system for historically marginalized students, as well as understanding how influences, such as neoliberalism, factor into their access to quality education. She is the author of Neoliberalism and Inclusive Education: Students with Disabilities in the Education Marketplace.

An expert in diversity, equity, and inclusion, she created the Syllabus and Course Curriculum Self-Assessment and Audit Tool that has helped university faculty across the nation in creating more inclusive curriculum and classroom environments. She has been invited to facilitate numerous faculty development workshops on diversity, equity, and inclusion topics such as Universal Design for Learning (UDL), neurodiversity, culturally sustaining practices, race- and gender-based microaggressions, creating positive classroom climates, and decolonizing course curriculum.

Educational Background

  • PhD Education, Oklahoma State University, 2015
  • CAS Disability Studies, Syracuse Univeristy, 2012
  • MS International Studies, Oklahoma State University, 2010
  • BS Special Education, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, 2005


  • Mac, S. (2022). Neoliberalism and inclusive education: A critical ethnographic case study of inclusive education at an urban charter school. Critical Education, 13(2), 1 – 21.
  • Mac, S. (2021). Neoliberalism and inclusive education: Students with disabilities in the education marketplace. Emerald Publishing Limited.
  • Branch Alliance for Educator Diversity. (2021, December). Complexities in the classroom: Vignettes for teacher candidates.
  • Mac, S. (2020, May 5). Review of the book Affirming disability: Strengths-based portraits of culturally diverse families, by J. S. Sauer & Z. Rossetti. Teachers College Record. Retrieved from
  • Mac, S. (2019). Niceness in special education: An ethnographic case study of benevolence, goodness, and paternalism at Colina Cedro Charter High School. In A.E. Castagno (Ed.), The price of nice: How niceness perpetuates education inequity. University of Minnesota Press.
  • Kim-Bossard, M. & Mac, S. (2018). Challenging ableist beliefs, practices, and notions of citizenship. Anthropology News, 59(5), doi:
  • Mac, S. (2017, February 13). Trump, DeVos, and the future of education [Blob post]. Retrieved from

Awards / Honors

  • La Verne Scholar, University of La Verne, 2021
  • Concha Degado Gaitán Presidential Fellow, Council on Anthropology and Education, American Anthropological Association, 2017.

To explore the scholarship and creative works of University of La Verne faculty, please visit the Research Works profiles hosted by Wilson Library.